How to Make a Bow with Book Pages

Making a Large Paper Bow, or Picture Hanger using Book Pages

Let me show you how to make a bow with book pages. I made this book page book page bow to add size to a witch decoration for Halloween, but its great way to use up old book pages for gifts as well. . It may be a bit different to use book pages for creating Halloween decor, but I was going for neutral Halloween decor on a budget.

I needed the book page bow to be large enough proportionally to match the size of the witch art so I used whole pages for the two sides, and covered two long strips of ribbon for the hanger part.

A large book page bow craft thats hanging a large picture over top of a white mantel with candles and a large wood backdrop.

You can make a bow in any size following the same basic tutorial and skip the picture hanger all together.

DIY Bow and Hanger Supplies

You will need a few very inexpensive supplies.

Old book or old book printables

Mod Podge, foam brush

Hot Glue /Gun


How to Make a Bow with Book Pages

Begin by crumbling up one book page for each side of your bow. (or cut a page to make it smaller depending on the size you want.)

Note: Sorry about the blurry images, I used snapshots from the how video, and they aren’t the best.

Uncrumble the book page and fold in half. Scrunch the center, glue together using mod podge and then clip to hold. Repeat for the other page.

Msking the side of a bow using book pages.

If your going to hang something from the bow like I did. You will need to cover a ribbon with book pages to add the necessary strength. In this case its easier to use the ribbon as a guide for the width of your page folds. Otherwise just fold your book page to the width you want as shown. For example 3 inches.

Folding a book page to a specific width. to make a book page ribbon.

On the backside of the book page mod podge the folded edges to hold them in place.

Repeat for the second bow tail. Dont worry about trimming the edge we will do that at the end.

Take another book page and fold it in four length wise to make the final central wrap. Mod podge the edges to hold and let dry. Don’t worry about the length, we will trim it once we put the bow together. By now you should have five pieces like shown below.

Book page pieces including two fluffed bow sides, two bow tails and a central piece for wrapping the bow. all the pieces are made using book pages.

To create the optional long ribbons for hanging , take a piece of ribbon and fold as many book pages as you need to cover the ribbon. Place the paper around the ribbon and mod podge it on the back side to hold. I used burlap ribbon, but you can use any leftover ribbon you want to as long as its the width you want. the ribbon won’t show at all.

Wrapping book pages around a ribbon for hanging artwork.

Let all the pieces dry.

Assembling the Book Page Bow

Place the two fluffy sides of the bow together. Place one center over the other and glue into place with hot glue. Wrap tightly with wire or a zip tie.

Fold the center piece over the middle to cover the glued seam. Trim as needed and glue on the back.

Fold and gather the end both bow tails. Think about the angle you want them to beneath the bow. Glue the two bow tails together with hot glue, then add the two bow sides. Glue the two bow sides on top of the bow tails.

The two sides of a bowl being beinged to the two tails of a book page bow.

Once you have the bow the way your like it. Take a piece of wire or a zip tie and secure the center.

An assembled book page bow, with an arrow illustrating where to wrap it with wire.

Once wrapped with the wire take the thin folded piece of the book pages and wrap it around the middle to cover the center. Trim to length and attach on the back using mod podge.

Wrapping a strip around the center of a book page bow, and its being glued in to place on the back.

Trimming the Book Page Bow Tails

Fold the edge of the bowl tails together and trim from the bottom towards the top at an angle. This will give you the fish tail end.

Cutting the end of a bow to make a fish tail end.

Optional Picture Hanger

Showing placement of a picture hanger ribbon behind a bow. How to make a bow with book pages with all the vaious pieces.

To make the optional hanger lay a book page flat and cover it with the ribbon. fold the top and bottom over the ribbon. Crease the endges.

Mod podge the folded parts on the back of the ribbon.

Folding a book page around a ribbon for making a hanging book page bow.

If adding the optional picture hanging tails glue them behind the bow on the top and then attach the other end to whatever your hanging using hot glue and staples or tacks.

How to Make a Bow with Book Pages Video

If your wanting to know more about how to make a bow with book pages. I made a tutorial video showing all the steps.

Want to try this easy and free to make craft? Pin to have it.

A close up of a large bow made with book pages.

Other Bow How to Posts

A witchy halloween decoration made with a wood dollar store backdrop and book pages. The witch silhouette is hanging from book page ribbon and its sitting on a mantel. The witch decoration diy is surrounded by candles, a spell book, a black crow and assorted pumpkins.

Witch Halloween Decor for the Mantel

This is the tutorial for the book page Halloween craft I made with the book page bow.

Large messy bow for decorating

How to Make a Messy Bow

A very simple messy bow you can make using left over ribbon and fabric bits.

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